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Saturday, 6 October, 2001, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Parade in memory of feud victim
Wreaths were laid following the loyalist march
Several thousand people have attended a parade in north Belfast in memory of a prominent Belfast loyalist who was murdered during a paramilitary feud last year.

Tommy English, 39, was shot in front of his wife at his home in Ballyfore Gardens, on the Ballyduff Estate in Newtownabbey, County Antrim last October.

It was the third fatal attack in a spate of shootings arising out of a feud between the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the rival Ulster Defence Association/Ulster Freedom Fighters (UDA/UFF) in north Belfast.

Saturday's parade was also held to commemorate people from the area who died during the Troubles.

Tommy English:
Tommy English: Member of Ulster Democratic Party talks team

Mr English, who was married with three children, had been a member of the UDP's Stormont talks team prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in April 1998.

It is believed he was killed by the UVF in retaliation for the murder of Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) worker Bertie Rice, 63, seven hours earlier in north Belfast.

The PUP is linked to the UVF.

Mr Rice's murder was thought to have been in reprisal for the murder of a member of the UDA, 21-year-old David Greer.


A fourth man, Mark Quail, was killed in Ballyronan Park in the heart of the loyalist Rathcoole Estate less than 24 hours after the murder of Mr English.

Mr Quail was linked to the UVF and his shooting was blamed on the UFF.

A fifth man was seriously injured after being shot in the chest as he worked in a butcher's shop in the Oldpark area of the city.

Last year's violence was believed to have been linked to a dispute between local factions of the two loyalist organisations.

Security sources said it flared up during an argument in a Belfast pub.

See also:

04 Nov 00 | Northern Ireland
Paramilitary funeral for murdered loyalist
01 Nov 00 | Northern Ireland
Feud talks abandoned after killings
31 Oct 00 | Northern Ireland
Man dies after 'reprisal' shooting
30 Oct 00 | Northern Ireland
Talks call after Belfast murder
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